Recounting the sacred: orality and textuality in a contemporary performance of the Sanskrit classic, the Bhāgavatapurāṇa
The Bhāgavatapuṛāna is one of the master-texts of the Sanskritic archive and is the foundational source of narratives relating to the deity Kṛṣṇa. Since it reached its current form about a millennium ago, public ‘performances’ of the text have been sponsored as a means of accumulating religious and social capital. These week-long events are a significant aspect of contemporary religious practice in the Hindu cultural world, but have received little or no scholarly attention. What is the role of...[Show more]
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